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WATERMELON COOKIES/ Summertime



The kids in the neighborhood would wait for the sun to set and then we would run to our homes, grab a glass jar from the pantry, poke holes in the lid with a tin can opener, place grass inside the jar and rendezvous in the backyard. We would run around in the darkness catching ‘Lightning Bugs.’ That’s what we called them. Sometimes called ‘Fireflies.’ We thought it was so cool how the wings lit up. What other insect does that? They were easy to catch and before going inside for the night we would release our captives. Daylight seemed to last forever during those summers when our parents permitted us to play outside after dinner. Oh, what freedom!

Watermelon is a summertime fruit which I associate with memories from my childhood summers. My mother would purchase peaches, plums and pears from the fruit stand but not watermelon. Refrigerators were not as spacious as today’s units so space was likely the reason. Although, Mrs. Heine across the street would occasionally buy a large watermelon, slice it up on hot summer evenings and dole out wedges to the neighborhood kids. We were so thrilled to see such a gigantic fruit! I loved the taste but didn’t like picking out the seeds. Us kids would debate whether we only had to pick out the black seeds but could swallow the white seeds. But if we did there was the fear a watermelon would grow in our tummies…ooooohh yuk! So, all the kids would sit there and one-by-one dig out ALL the seeds before taking a juicy bite of our watermelon wedge. While decorating these cookies, I couldn’t help but reminisce about those wonderful summers so long ago.

Watermelon Cookies
Round Shortbread Cookies (cut in half)
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for outlining tinted White with AmeriColor Bright White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Black with AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3

Hint:  For red, add several drops of Americolor Super Red until dark pink color is achieved. Color will dry red.
         For black, add several drops of Americolor Super Black until dark gray color is achieved. Color will dry black.

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Roll out dough and cut shapes with round cutter. Divide circles in half with pizza cutter or small knife.
 
For some cookies, scoop out with a scalloped cutter. Bake cookies.
 
Outline curved side of cookie with #3 tip in green icing. Let sit 15 minutes.
 
Outline immediately next to green line with #3 tip in white icing. Let sit 15 minutes.
 
Outline straight side of cookie with #2 tip in red icing.
 
Flood cookie with red icing. Let sit 30 minutes.
 
Turn cookie and add seeds with #2 tip in black icing. Let cookies dry overnight.


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TIARA COOKIES/ The Little Prince



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have done their royal duty and produced an heir to the British throne….a boy….Prince of Cambridge. Like any other parents I assume they are happy to be blessed with a healthy baby. Ever since Buckingham Palace announced the upcoming birth last winter, the press has been on baby watch. For royal watchers this has been an exciting time. I admit, I follow the royal family a bit but I’m not obsessed with them. William & Kate are very attractive and seem likable and down to earth. Oh, let’s just say it…they are one cool royal couple! They had me when they drove Prince Charles’ Aston Martin out of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day…like any ordinary couple…kinda!

I wonder what our Founding Fathers would think about America’s obsession with British royalty. After all, we fought a revolution to gain independence from Great Britain. I wonder too about my ancestors from Ireland and Scotland who swore to renounce Great Britain and the monarchy in the oath to become an American citizen. I don’t think our ancestors would get it, but I doubt they would understand 24/7 news coverage, blogs, social media, slurpees, Starbucks. I could go on and on but you get the picture.

Now back to the little prince. Just imagine, this infant will be king someday in the very distant future. For now, he will do what every baby does….eat, burp, spit up, cry and you know what. He will keep Mom & Dad up all night too. Well, maybe not that one….he’ll keep the governess up all night. The first few years of his young life will seem ordinary to him until he reaches an age where he realizes his worldwide fame. Maybe he already has a sense of it. At his first public appearance he seemed to wave to the media as his tiny hand protruded from underneath his baby blanket. This little one surely has a fascinating life ahead. For now, best wishes to the young royal family.

In honor of the future King George… oh, I was so hoping for James… I made cookies in the form of a crown for the little prince. They had to be glittery so some cookies are decorated with luster dust and some with sanding sugar. Come see!


Tiara Cookies
Tiara Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Electric Blue and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Gray with AmeriColor Black
Disposable piping bag & coupler
Squeeze bottle
Wilton Decorating Tip #3
Paintbrushes
Meringue Powder
Silver Luster Dust
CK Silver Sanding Sugar
Hint: Just a smidge of Super Black on a toothpick will create light gray.

[The Maple Leaf cutter doubles as a tiara. Just trim off the bottom]


Outline cookie with #3 tip in blue icing. (No Photo). Let sit 30 minutes.
Flood cookie with gray icing. Let dry overnight.

Using a paintbrush apply silver luster dust to gray icing. Let dry 30 minutes.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and 1½ Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth.
Using a paintbrush apply to gray icing

Sprinkle with silver sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. 

Let dry 30 minutes.



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DAISY COOKIES/ Please Eat the Daisies



The daisy cutter is one of the most versatile for use in decorated cookies. Using various decorating techniques, icing colors and sanding sugars, unique designs are created...all with just one cutter. I use the daisy cutter often yet it always seems like a new cutter as no two designs are the same. Some of my recent posts are daisies with a sugary center and dotty center and even a snowflake.  Some future designs include gerber daisies, poinsettias, sunflowers and the sun.

For this cookie design, to accentuate the petals in the flower each one is outlined in a contrasting color. The petals are flooded with icing slightly thicker than the usual consistency of flood icing, to create a puffy look. Thick icing in a small area tends to sink after drying due to an excessive amount of icing in a small space. This can ruin the effect of a design. Although, in this case the sinking created a dimple in the middle of the petals giving a nice effect.


Daisy Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Medium Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue and AmeriColor Royal Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Medium Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush
CK Yellow Sanding Sugar
Roll out dough and cut shapes with daisy cutter. 
Imprint a circle in middle of cookie with the wide part of an icing tip. Bake cookies.

Outline petals of cookie with #2 tip in blue icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Flood petals of cookie with green icing.

Pipe large dot in center of cookie with #3 tip in yellow icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and 1½ Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to center of cookie.

Sprinkle with yellow sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Let dry 30 minutes.

 
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BLOSSOM COOKIES/ Le Tour



It’s that time of year again when the most prominent international bicycle race takes place … The Tour de France. It celebrates its 100th birthday this year. It began in 1903 but did not occur during the years of the First and Second World Wars. Each year the course map changes as bicyclists criss-cross France and at times pass into neighboring countries, along challenging terrain through the Alps and the Pyrenees. Thousands line roadsides to cheer them on. There are 21 stages over 23 days which covers a distance of 2174 miles. What other sport is this grueling? Cyclists accumulate points based on their times throughout the race and the one with the most points wins the Tour de France. The riders bicycle over 100 miles per day except for individual sprint days. At the finish of each daily race the rider with the lowest time is the stage winner who wears the yellow jersey the following day. There are daily contests for best sprinter-green jersey, best climber-polka dot jersey and best young rider-white jersey. To celebrate the tour's 100th year in 2014, the race concluded after dusk in the City of Lights along the famous Champs-E’Lysses in Paris.

During the last several years, I have watched the Tour de France, thanks to my husband. You’ve got to be kidding me…we’re going to watch a bunch of guys ride bicycles…how exciting! Well, it didn’t take long before I was drawn in. Yes, it’s interesting to see how the teams work together to facilitate a win for the star team member and there is usually an awesome sprint at the finish line. What really hooked me was the picturesque scenery of the French countryside, dotted with quaint villages, ancient castles, rolling hills and wild flowers filmed from a helicopter. Many farmers decorate their fields with magnificent designs created from bales of hay. So every July I look forward to our mornings sipping coffee and viewing the race. If I imagine for just a bit, it’s like being in France. The only thing missing are the French wines of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone.

Perhaps, flowers like these Morning Glories line the course route.


Morning Glory Cookies
Blossom Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue and AmeriColor Royal Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Bright White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3
Toothpicks
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush
CK White Sanding Sugar

Outline cookie with #2 tip in blue icing.

Flood cookie with blue icing.

Pipe large dot in center of cookie with #3 tip in white icing.

Pull white icing with toothpick to create star design.
 
Let dry 30 minutes.
 
Pipe dots in center of cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and 1½ Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to cookie.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Let dry 30 minutes.

Sugar not added to center of some cookies.



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